Old Provincial Council electoral system Opposition still to see proposed amendments

Published : 12:02 am  February 19, 2019 | No comments so far |  | 

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NEW-DM-1-3By Sandun A. Jayasekera

 MEP leader Dinesh Gunawardana said the opposition was still to see the proposed amendments to the old Provincial Council electoral system and added if the government had a genuine desire to hold PC polls as early as possible, it must get Parliamentary approval for the amendments.  

Mr. Gunawardana told Daily Mirror yesterday he expected that Prime Minister Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe would submit the proposed amendments to party leaders with the proposal to increase women representation in PCs to 25% and hold the polls for all 9 provinces on a single day at the next party leaders’ meeting.  


“The entire opposition is ready to support the amendments in Parliament to pass them with a two thirds majority as required. We also admit that conducting PC polls under the mixed electoral system is not possible and the only alternative is to get the legislative approval to go back to the old system and hold PC polls before 31st  May as proposed by President Sirisena,”, Mr. Gunawardana stressed.  


Mr. Gunawardana, who also chaired the Parliamentary all party select committee on Provincial Council Electoral system, added that if the government was ready, the JO was also ready to remove the road blocks that delay the conducting of PC polls and to hold PC elections as soon as possible.   


He said the JO had no objections to hold the PC polls on a single day for all 9 PCs and also to increase the women representation to 25%.


Meanwhile, the Committee on Parliamentary Business (CoPB) is scheduled to meet at 11.00 a.m. on Wednesday (20) with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya at the chair to discuss the pros and cons that delayed the conducing of Provincial polls, Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayaka said yesterday.  


Prime Minister Wickremesinghe is expected to brief party leaders on the reasons that led to the delay and the next step to be taken to expedite PC polls. 

 

 

The entire opposition is ready to support the amendments in Parliament to pass them with a two thirds majority as required

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